In addition to the national tour of "Chicago" (see story on the cover of this section), other theatrical events during the week include openings of "Brigadoon" and "The Sound of Music," an evening of "Tombstone Tales" in Taylorsville (separate story on this page), the premieres of two new productions (Sundance Children's Theatre's 1998 touring show, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and "How the West Was Won," a musical revue at the Tuacahn Amphitheater), and two local mystery dinners.
- "HOW THE WEST WAS WON," a large-scale musical revue featuring members of the American Folk Ballet and the late Burch Mann's original choreography, will play Mondays-Saturdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 20, in the Tuacahn Amphitheater west of St. George.The cast of nearly 60, including six professional Equity actors, is being directed by Linda Cholodenko of New York City.
Leading performers include Jose R. Andrews III, fresh from the 75th anniversary season of the "Ramona" pageant in Southern California, as Sitting Bull; Los Angeles DramaLogue winner Bob Lauder Jr. as Brig-ham Young; Dan Mink, a lawyer-turned-trick-roper from Jerome, Idaho, as a featured act in the revue's Wild West Show segment; Jeffrey Concklin as railroad baron Leland Stanford, Josh Edwards as General Custer, Cristine M. Wil-liam-son as Carry Nation and John Kenton Shull as painter Frederick Rem-ing-ton.
The American Folk Ballet, based at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, will be featured in the production's major dance sequences.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. nightly except Sunday in Tuacahn's 2,000-seat amphitheater. All seats are reserved. Tickets range from $16 to $26 for adults, $10 to $17 for children. There is also a "family rate" discount available. For reservations, call the Tuacahn box office at 1-800-746-9882 or purchase tickets through Smith'sTix outlets (1-800-888-8499).
"How the West Was Won" will also play next summer in repertory with "Utah!" In addition, a new production, "King of Kings: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth," is being developed especially for Tuacahn and will premiere in the spring.
- "BRIGADOON," Lerner and Lowe's 1947 classic musical of a village in the Highlands of Scotland that awakens once every 100 years, will open the 1998-99 season of Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre.
Directed by Maikel Bailey and choreographed by Shelley Cordova, the cast includes Shawn Maxfield as Tommyu Al-bright, Kristine Jorgensen as Fiona MacLaren, Kevin Gollaher as Jeff Douglas, Peggy Deming as Meg and Darin Hathaway as Charlie Dalrymple.
Others in the ensemble are Elizabeth Thornell, Ron Johnson, Tom Stam, Joshua Madsen, Anna Burton and Giselle Lovie.
The lilting score includes such Broadway standards as "Almost Like Being in Love," "The Heather on the Hill," "Waitin' for My Dearie," "There But for You Go I," "Come to Me, Bend to Me" and "My Mother's Wedding Day."
Chad Davis is designing the sets, with costumes by Diane Allen and music direction by Jay Gunderson.
Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly, Mondays-Saturdays, Sept. 11-26, with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. All seats are reserved. Admission ranges from $6 to $13. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Grand Theatre box office at 957-3322.
- "THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE," this year's Sundance Children's Theatre touring production, will kick off its tour with a free Saturday morning performance on the hillside adjacent to the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, 501 Chipeta Way.
Preshow activities will begin at 9 a.m.; the performance begins at 10 a.m.
Directed by Roger Benington from a script by Le Clanche du Rand, the production will tour betweeen Sept. 14 and Dec. 4 to more than 100 elementary schools through-out Utah. The first 500 children to arrive at the pre-performance events on Saturday will recieve free tour T-shirts.
Well-known local actors Theresa Ravnikar and Mark Gollaher will portray all of the characters, animals, props - and even the scenery - in the production. Cellist Warren Muller will provide background music (written by Jay Beck).
The beloved children's tale focuses on four youngsters, two girls and two boys, who venture into an old wardrobe closet and magically enter into the fantasy world of Narnia.
- "THE SOUND OF MUSIC," one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most popular musicals, will be presented Sept. 11-26 by Heritage Community Theatre in Perry.
Director Melanie Nelson's cast includes Shanna Smith as Maria, Dee Pace as Capt. Von Trapp, Marny Clark as the Baroness, David Willis as Max, Kathy Sumko as the Mother Superior and Jeff Parsons as Rolf.
Performances will be Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. For reservations, call 1-435-723-8392.
Season tickets are also still available. The theater is located at 2505 S. Highway 89, between Brigham City and Ogden.
- TWO MYSTERY DINNER EVENTS are scheduled next weekend in Park City and Ogden.
- "Mid-Evil Days & Knights," a Hunt Mystery Dinner Theater production, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at Graycliff Lodge, located in Ogden Canyon. For reservations, call 392-6775.
- "Mystery in the Mine," an interactive mystery-comedy outing, will be staged in the Miner's Hall of the Park City Silver Mine Adventure. Doors open at 7 p.m., Sept. 12, followed by a buffet dinner and the performance. Admission is $30 per person. Advance reservations are required. Call 1-435-655-7456 or 1-801-278-5313.
- "SATURDAY'S WARRIOR" will conclude its 25th anniversary tour with performances at 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 14 at Hillcrest High School in Sandy. For tickets, call 656-0577.